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By Glyndwr Williams

Within the 300 years when you consider that his demise, Cook's acceptance has been a lot mentioned, opinion starting from Britain's get together of his fulfillment to extra subjective tests of the long term implications of his voyages in these international locations of the Pacific which he visited. The 13 essays during this publication, grouped in 4 sections, proceed the controversy. 'The Years in England' conceal Cook's Whitby heritage and the half performed via the Royal Society within the Pacific ventures of the interval; 'The Pacific Voyages' investigates the conflict among the Endeavour's team and Aborigines at the banks of the Endeavour River; the method through which cook dinner and his crews turned 'Polynesianised'; Cook's stopover at to the Hawaiian Islands; and his stopover at to Nootka Sound on his ultimate voyage. 'Captain cook dinner and his Contemporaries' perspectives different ecu explorers within the Pacific, and concludes with an research of Russian attitudes in the direction of cook dinner. 'The Legacy of Captain cook dinner' compares Cook's loss of life on Hawaii and the later killing of a missionary on Eromanga; examines fluctuations in Cook's popularity; and describes existence on board the copy of the Endeavour.

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They have mostly assumed that his lifelong friendship with Walker could only have been possible if Cook had conformed to the Quaker value system. In assuming that Walker was a devout and committed Quaker, all too keen to instil that value system among his apprentices, they have read too much into Cook’s Quakerly characteristics. It could be argued that Cook’s life does not demonstrate anything other than a commitment to his job, except that he was perhaps a more enlightened or at least a less brutal leader of his men than some of his contemporaries.

29 26 COOK AND THE NORTH YORKSHIRE QUAKERS Quakers in business were also cautioned against the dangers of excess, they helped members who fell victim to bankruptcy provided that they had paid due attention to Friends’ warnings. The temptations of the business world were all too real, and inevitably some members found themselves in difficulties. Thomas Clarkson of Scarborough was a prime example. 35 In spite of some notable cases, very few Friends in North Yorkshire were testified against for their business dealings.

68 It would be wrong to assume that Friends were simply concerned about alcohol abuse or keen to preserve their reputation in the local community. By attacking excess, the Society was also trying to limit the consequences of such behaviour, namely the dangers posed to family relationships and business probity. For example, in 1722 Friends remonstrated with Robert Robinson of Whitby and his ‘many years addicted to Excess in Drinking, and neglect of paymt of his Just Debts’. He was cautioned, therefore, to resist these indulgences or risk disownment.

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